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rid·​i·​cule ˈri-də-ˌkyül How to pronounce ridicule (audio)
: the act of ridiculing : derision, mockery


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ridiculed; ridiculing

transitive verb

: to make fun of
ridiculer noun
Choose the Right Synonym for ridicule

ridicule, deride, mock, taunt mean to make an object of laughter of.

ridicule implies a deliberate often malicious belittling.

consistently ridiculed everything she said

deride suggests contemptuous and often bitter ridicule.

derided their efforts to start their own business

mock implies scorn often ironically expressed as by mimicry or sham deference.

youngsters began to mock the helpless wino

taunt suggests jeeringly provoking insult or challenge.

hometown fans taunted the visiting team

Examples of ridicule in a Sentence

Noun She didn't show anyone her artwork for fear of ridicule. the early efforts by the suffragists to obtain voting rights for women were met with ridicule Verb The other kids ridiculed him for the way he dressed. They ridiculed all of her suggestions.
Recent Examples on the Web
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His margin of victory in his own constituency, Varanasi, dropped sharply; Rahul Gandhi, the Congress Party leader Modi has repeatedly ridiculed, won both his seats handsomely. Salil Tripathi, TIME, 5 June 2024 For all the hard-right’s unity in wanting to keep migrants out, ridicule climate measures as woke fiction and uphold conservative family values, there also are fundamental divergences. Eli Joseph, Fortune Europe, 5 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for ridicule 

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Word History



French or Latin; French, from Latin ridiculum jest

First Known Use


1675, in the meaning defined above


1680, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ridicule was in 1675

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Cite this Entry

“Ridicule.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ridicule. Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
rid·​i·​cule ˈrid-ə-ˌkyü(ə)l How to pronounce ridicule (audio)
: the act of making fun of someone or something : derision


2 of 2 verb
ridiculed; ridiculing
: to make fun of : deride
ridiculer noun

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